9/22/2016. As a recognized leader in youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa, and 2016 Mandela / YALI Host Site, the US State Department selected WTA President Lou August to attend its annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Summit in Washington DC. AGOA legislation significantly enhances market access to the US for qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. Qualification for AGOA preferences is based on a set of conditions contained in the AGOA legislation. In order to qualify and remain eligible for AGOA, each country must be working to improve its rule of law, human rights, and respect for core labor standards.
Attendance to this September 2016 at US State Department Headquarters in Washington DC was highly restricted to presidential cabinet members of African nations, including trade ministers from the countries that are part of the AGOA movement. During the meeting, Lou August had the opportunity to present the WildTech youth employment and entrepreneurship model to scores of trade ministers during one-on-one sessions. A great deal of follow-up emerged from this meeting, where the WTA will be leading international efforts to raise funds and implement the WildTech program in a number of African nations.